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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Leslie Ragde A. Sanchez Talavera

Areas of expertise

Bats Ecology, Forest and Agroecosystem Conservation, Corporate Responsibility, Community Relations, Development and Project Management

Degrees

  • B.S. in Biology, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México-UAEM
  • M.Sc. in Biological Science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM

Potential student research areas

  • Biodiversity inventories in fragments besides agroecosystems
  • Forest management plans
  • Bats living in houses near of banana plantations
  • Support to communities sustainable development projects
  • Plant biodiversity: natural regeneration vs. reforestation programs

Biography

Leslie has lived in Costa Rica for five years.  She worked with the Organization of Tropical Studies as Director’s Assistant of La Selva Biological Station.  Then, in 2008 she was in charge of the Nature and Community Project of Chiquita Brands Int., which is an initiative of Corporate Responsibility and involves conservation, education, community development and sustainability.  Since March 2011, she has been in charge of Chiquita Nature and Community Foundation in Costa Rica, and her responsibilities are fundraising, alliance, and proposals.

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

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Lisa Naughton, Associate Professor, Geography Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison My ACM semester in Costa Rica forever changed me and deepened my understanding of tropical ecology and Latin American society. I enrolled in the semester to fulfill my dream to “be Jane Goodall.” Thanks to the guidance and mentoring of my ACM field biology professor (Dr. Chris Vaughan), I did indeed spend two months studying squirrel monkey behavior. I loved the research, but after witnessing rapid deforestation and uncontrolled tourism development, my career interests shifted. From that semester on, I pursued a career in applied conservation research, mainly in tropical countries.

—Lisa Naughton, Associate Professor, Geography Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Costa Rica, Spring 1984

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